The group calling itself the Concerned Clergy protesting the nomination of Nana Oye Lithur as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has not given up his crusade in spite of her approval by Parliament.
Spokesperson of the group, Rev Benny Wood told Joy News Lithur is yet to be sworn-in by the President and there is more time for lobbying against her appointment.
Wood had petitioned Parliament to disapprove the President’s nominee of Gender, Children and Social Protection because of her liberal view on homosexuality.
Lithur has come to the defence of homosexuals, some of who were beaten and threatened with death.
She told the members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament she will do well to protect the rights of all Ghanaians, irrespective of their sexual orientation.
Her liberal stance has been criticised heavily with some members of the committee publicly accusing her of being evasive on the question about homosexuality.
Despite the many criticisms, the Committee approved Oye Lithur together with four other Ministers of State.
But Benny Wood told Joy News her approval by Parliament is not the end of the road and he will still lead the campaign to have her disappointed by the President.
According to him Parliament’s decision to approve her was hasty, adding, “We are not in a race to overtake anybody. We must do things that are acceptable to the majority of the people.”
He said the issue about homosexuality is not human rights but civic rights, insisting once the nominee has not received presidential assent he will still lobby to have Oye Lithur removed.
But a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Democratic and Governance (IDEG) Dr Kwasi Jonah has come to the defence of Oye Lithur.
He told Joy News’ Evans Mensah, Ghanaians are simply being intolerant of dissenting opinions.
He explained the Minister designate is not asking for the promotion of homosexuality in Ghana. Rather, she is saying homosexuals like any other Ghanaian have a right which must protected.
Citing examples in parts of the country where people are lynched merely on suspicion that they are witches, Jonah said it is time for people to be conscientised that no matter the crime or sexual orientation of another person, the rights of Ghanaians must be protected.
She said it is wrong for people to assume that Oye Lithur will promote the practice of homosexuality when appointed as Minister, adding people must learn to be tolerant.
- Nana Agradaa re-arrested after being granted bail
- Election 2020: It is absolutely preposterous to think NDC didn’t collate its results – Afriyie Ankrah
- Headmaster found hanging dead from a tree behind his house in Techiman
- SSNIT OBS scandal: State sues Ernest Thompson, 4 others again
- 5 Ghanaians arrested in Dubai for smuggling weed; one jailed for 10 years
- Joe Ghartey files appeal against Sekondi High Court’s ruling
- Suspend prospecting activities in all forest reserves – Lands Minister directs
- Rastafarian case: Achimota School fails to respond to suit, case adjourned to April 30
- There’s no scientific evidence that Free SHS led to success in WASSCE – Peter Anti
- Rastafarian Saga: Achimota, all schools under GES cannot be sued – Attorney-General
CDD Ghana conducts School Performance Appraisal Meetings in Kadjebi improve quality of teaching and learning
Nyantakyi never interfered in player call-ups; leave Akonnor alone – George Afriyie tells Kurt Okraku
3 brothers, 3 Olympic berths and 9 medals – Story of the Samir family
National Best Farmer calls for introduction of agricultural ambassadors
‘We’ll invoke Alien Compliance Order to free our nation from aliens’ – Angry judge cautions Fulani man
Nana Adwoa Baafi: Navigating obstacles around progressive portrayal of women in arts
Sad state of Ghana’s only Abedi Pele monument
Over 600 persons to undergo eye surgery at Keta Municipality
Margins Group CEO shares top 10 principles
India hospital fire kills 13 amid Covid oxygen crisis
Algerian scholar gets 3 years in jail for ‘offending Islam’
Chad set for Idriss Deby’s funeral as leaders arrive
65-year-old woman escapes death as house is set ablaze over ‘witchcraft’ accusations
Election 2020: NDC pink sheets digitised
Ghana-Burkina Railway Interconnectivity project to begin 2022; 3 bidders shortlisted